NetApp releases new storage units

NetApp Inc. has released a new line of network-attached storage (NAS) units ' the FAS3100 series, the company announced today.

The FAS3140 and FAS3170 are aimed at the core users of NetApp NAS units, said Mark Weber, president and general manager of NetApp Federal Systems Inc. The FAS3170 has 840T of storage capacity; it will replace NetApp's 3070, which had a capacity of 500T. The FAS3140 can hold up to 420T of data and will serve as a replacement for both the FAS3020 (160T) and FAS3040 (336T).

Both units will feature a maximum 4 gigabits/sec throughput across 40 Fibre Channel ports.

According to NetApp, the FAS3170 commands 59 percent faster throughput than the EMC Celerra NS80G based on the input/output per-second benchmarks that both companies have submitted to Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. NetApp also claims FAS3170 has a 36 percent quicker response time than the Celerra NS80G, as measured by SPEC's overall response time metric.

Jay Kidd, chief marketing officer at NetApp, attributed the performance gain to more cache memory, a faster bus and a faster microprocessor from Advanced Micro Devices.

Like earlier models, the new units will use the Data OnTap operating system.

In addition to updating its FAS line, NetApp also released a storage acceleration appliance and an acceleration module, both of which offer solid-state, memory-based caches. When used with NetApp's storage units, the acceleration devices can increase the read times of frequently accessed documents by retrieving them from the faster solid-state drives instead of the hard disks.

Weber said the acceleration products might be of interest to intelligence, defense and other agencies that repeatedly consult urgent documents.

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